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    Metro 'Tosses' thousands and they blame... the weather!


    January 25, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      At the beginning of the work week, thousands of people were left stranded due to a failure in Metro Line 2 that the State attributed... to weather conditions!

      The malfunction lasted almost 14 hours and paralyzed the service in five stations.

      Since 5:00 a.m. yesterday, when the mass transit system service started, users were faced with the closure of the Niños Héroes, Anáhuac, Regina, General Anaya and Universidad stations, and the service was restored until 6:51 p.m.

      Abraham Vargas, general director of Metrorrey, indicated that the failure was due to a break in a messenger cable of the catenary that feeds the transport service between Niños Héroes and Universidad stations.

      "(There) there was a rupture as is," he said, "it is possible that it was due to the temperature changes of the last few days and also to a fatigue of the cable.

      "(This) was installed in 2007, with the inauguration of the Line 2 extension."

      Vargas admitted that there has been a delay in the maintenance of the Metro and assured that they will carry out a diagnosis to detect possible failures.

      "I cannot say that this failure is due to lack of maintenance.... (but) it is no secret that there are maintenance lags.

      "We are doing the diagnostics to be able to offer a progressive rehabilitation program," he added.

      To try to solve the failure, a total of 60 units from Transmetro, Instituto de Movilidad, Monterrey Police and Fuerza Civil, as well as other carriers were available to transfer users between those stations.

      However, there were long waiting lines and chaos due to misinformation.

      Yesterday's suspension of the Metro is the longest on record, in a year in which the State cut its maintenance budget by 51 percent, to 18 million pesos.

      Yesterday's failure is added to the nine reported during 2021, being the longest one of three hours, on February 3, due to a blackout.

      It was detailed that yesterday's failure originated at 3:05 am, although the Metro started operations until 5:00 am.

      Last December 21, the State Government justified the drop in the maintenance budget by assuring that they were reviewing the conditions of the infrastructure and that they could adjust the resources.

      ELSEWHERE, TEMPERATURE IS NO EXCUSE

      Metrorrey attributed yesterday's failure to the weather, although in other cities its Metros operate in more extreme conditions. (Yearly high and low temperatures)

      NEW YORK

      Max. 36°C

      Min. -14°C

      BOSTON

      Max. 40°C

      Min. -16°C

      SEATTLE

      Max. 34°C

      Min. -6°C

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